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Chances of getting into Drake University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
67.6%
Admission Difficulty for Drake University
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Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into Drake and can I get accepted? The school has a 68% acceptance rate ranking it #18 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,697 out of 6,944 applicants were admitted making Drake a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 34 percent. Drake University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Drake SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1100-1370
Applicants Submitting SAT
19%
SAT Scores for Drake University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 540
SAT Composite 25th 1100
SAT Scores for Drake University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 690
SAT Composite 75th 1370
Average SAT Score 1240

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Drake University?

Drake University typically requires applicants to be in the top 41 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1100 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 960. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1240 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 19 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Drake University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1370 and Above Good >78%
1235 to 1370 Avg + 68%-78%
1100 to 1235 Avg - 56%-68%
965 to 1100 Reach 42%-56%
Less than 965 Low <42%
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Drake ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
24-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
77%
ACT Scores for Drake University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for Drake University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Drake?

Admission data indicates that Drake regularly accepts students with ACT's of 24 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 27 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Iowa for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 77 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Drake University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Drake University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >80%
27 to 31 Avg + 68%-80%
24 to 27 Avg - 57%-68%
21 to 24 Reach 46%-57%
Less than 21 Low <46%
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Drake GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.7
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Drake University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Drake. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Drake University was 3.7 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Drake accepts 68% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Drake University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 57% Good
3.50 to 3.75 19% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 11% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 7% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 5% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

73% of Drake University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Drake University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 44%
Top 25% of class 73%
Top 50% of class 95%
Bottom 50% of class 5%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Drake University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,116 2,828 6,944
Accepted 2,864 1,833 4,697
Acceptance Rate 70% 65% 68%
Enrolled 487 295 782
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 16% 17%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Drake University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Drake University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Drake University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153269 IPEDS survey data for Drake University.

FAQs

Does Drake University prefer SAT or ACT?

19% of students submit their SAT scores to Drake. 77% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Drake University?

68% of those who apply are granted admission to Drake. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Drake University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1100 and 1370. 19% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Drake University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 31. 77% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.